As the wife of an inmate in the Tennessee Department of Corrections, I was interested in learning more
about the situation that my husband was in. I searched high and low for information on Tennessee's correctional
facilities, only to reach one dead end after another. Finally I lucked upon the State of Tennessee's Department
of Corrections home page and dug in to see what I could find. Only, it wasn't luck at all..it was a joke. The
information they are showing to the public isn't correctly portrayed on their site. They only show you what they
want you to know. And it had us wondering what it was they had to hide. For example...the site says that they
have a little over 16,700 state inmates housed in prison across the state of Tennessee. What they fail to tell you
is that they also have thousands more sitting in county jails across the state waiting for prison space. You have
to ask yourself why these men aren't able to be sent to prison. Why don't we have the space when we have so
many prisons in our state? Are the State of Tennessee's prisons overcrowded? Again? What about parole?
When we seek information, this is what we need answers to. We want to know about visitation. We want to
know about opportunity. We want to know what these inmates are able to do in order to rehabilitate instead of
recidivate. What organizations are they able to join and what can these men or women learn as a part of that
Throughout this site you will see another name....The Accomplice. I have chosen this name to show to the
world the treatment we receive as being an inmate's wife. You see, we are not welcome in the town we live in.
We are looked upon as being just as guilty as the men we are married to. An accomplice has many meanings...I
have chosen it to mean that I am his partner. We will be partners throughout the rest of our lives just as we will
be best friends. I love my husband and I will share his burden. I am guilty only of loving a man who is
incarcerated. Condemn me if you must, but at least condemn me for that of which I am guilty.
We hope to share with you an inside look of what it is really like behind the prison walls. If you're visiting
the UNFORGIVEN, I hope it is because you seek the answers to questions you are unable to find elsewhere.
We'll bring you the information you are entitled to know and we'll hope you use it to the best of your ability. I
have always heard that knowledge is power....
The UNFORGIVEN is your knowledge.
Throughout the course of this web site you are going to see the name The Lost Boy. I wanted to explain to
everyone why I have decided to use this name instead of my given name. The truth is, that by using my real
name I would be placing myself in the line of fire of retaliation from those who run the Tennessee Department of
Correction. This is not just a case of an inmate being paranoid of retaliation from those in charge, but in fact a
During the course of my incarceration, I have met many inmates who are continually shipped from place to
place for filing lawsuits, grievances or for just simply writing a letter against the Department of Correction, so as
to make it harder on the inmate to communicate with those that help him or her, or even just so that they can
keep him off balance so it would be harder on the inmate to find out what is wrong with the particular institution.
This does happen. Both my wife and myself felt it would be in our best interest if we could remain anonymous
for as long as possible so that we may continue our quest without interruption. Maybe there will come a time in
the near future that we will be able to reveal our identities to everyone interested.
I take great pride in the brainchild that is known as the UNFORGIVEN, and without the help of my very
loving and understanding wife, none of this would be possible. I must give her all of my heartfelt thanks for
deciding to walk the long lonely road with me. I understand that is just as hard to be out there without the one
you love as it is in here. Such a commitment is no small thing. But, not everyone has the luxury of having
someone who will speak out for them. My wife and I plan to be that voice.
The Lost Boy